Travails of a foodie

I am the world’s most famous foodie and everyone who knows me (or follows me on Instagram) can attest to the fact that I think of food a lot. It is so bad that when I cook, my meals can feed a family of 10 all because I have no self control when it comes to cooking.

You don’t believe me? Ask my friends…they know that I cook for the week on Saturdays and they ‘casually’ drop by my place to get their takeaway packs (I am a Yoruba girl and I don’t play with my bowls so I keep takeaway packs handy).

My propensity to cook large meals is inversely proportional to the amount of food on my plate. I am the first to admit that I eat like a mouse and it takes me almost an hour to eat a meal (for dinner, I could watch a whole episode of The Apprentice and still have food left over).

Recently, I have been educated about portion control and how I can eat my tasty pasta/noodles without feeling guilty especially as I am being careful with my blood sugar level (diabetes in the family and blah, blah, blah).

Without even knowing it, I was on to something huge and medically proven – eating small meals frequently does your body a whole lot of good than eating large meals twice or thrice a day.

How is it possible to stop your stomach from growling when it has only had a handful of food as a meal? This is what I do to quell the hunger demon:

· Drink water before and after meals. This is the hardest thing for me to do and I cheat by adding lemon and mint in my 50cl of water just so I can drink it all. You could try adding watermelon/strawberries/whatever fruit catches your fancy.

· Get a small bowl and eat only what that bowl contains ( I use a 250ml bowl). Easier said than done but with continuous practice, it is amazing how my stomach has adapted.

· Pre plan meals. Yes, it is possible. If I , the world renowned foodie, can have a meal timetable so can you. Allow some flexibility for date nights and dinners with friends.

· Snack on Carrots, mango slices, almonds or a bar of snickers (chocolate is a fruit so don’t judge me). As long as you can measure the calories you consume while snacking, I personally think you would be fine…use myfitnesspal if all else fails. Besides, I prefer snickers as they are tastier than mixed seed energy bars and just 50 more calories.

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The portion control principle can also be applied to time management. Instead of constantly telling myself that I don’t have time to do such and such, I ‘portion control’ my time to fit in more things so I can be effective.

In my previous post, I wrote about how I divide my day into hourly segments and allocate tasks/activities so I can account for all I have done in a day.

In other news, today is the last session of the Hillsong Leadership Masterclass and it has been a very insightful term on leadership and what it entails. It has opened my mind up to understand that being a leader is not all about having people follow you mindlessly but engaging and equipping people on my team to be great at what they do.

Have a beautiful day people.

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